Loving the house & the loving the man who designed its strange symmetries
Its strange water flowing up
The stairs that go everywhere & nowhere at all
Columns at impossible angles
His charming pet lizards
Reality begins to sink after the third year of life there
Confusion, where to go?
Frustration with the design mounting
Still there are the lovely views
Ten years of life and the novelty & charm fly like geese both ways away
Depression, & anger
She raises the kids and makes the money virtually alone
While he sits eating junk food waiting for "architectural inspiration"
Alcohol begins to look good to her
Burning & churning & stoking the fire merrily she sings away
Burn the columns, the stairs, the lizards
All must die now the kids are grown
Drinking & sinking & rising again
While angels & demons dance over her head
She delights in this payback
If only he had died earlier!
Copyright © 2002 by Thomas R. and Bewildering Stories.